Trieu: Florida DE Malik Barrow goes extra mile for MSU

Allen Trieu
Special to The Detroit News

The majority of the recruits who visited Michigan State for last Saturday's win over Nebraska came from in-state or the Midwest. A couple who were not were there for their official visits, meaning the school can pay for their travel.

That Malik Barrow, a junior, and thus unable to take official visits at this time, came up to the game from Florida on his own demonstrates his level of interest in the Spartans. A 6-foot-2, 250-pound defensive end from Tampa Catholic, Barrow camped in East Lansing last June, holds an offer, and says his view of MSU was enhanced by the most recent trip.

"It furthered my love for the school," he told Spartan Digest's Mike Wilson. "I like it even more now."

Currently holding 14 scholarship offers, Barrow lists Michigan State as one of his favorites along with Ohio State, Kentucky and Mississippi State. Among the reasons MSU sits high on his list are the style of defense, the coaching staff, and also that he has a former teammate there.

"I like them a whole lot," Barrow said to Scout's Jamie Newberg after his game last Friday. "They are my team. T.J. (Harrell) is there and he's my boy. We went to school together. I really like them. He told me he loves it, so that's a good thing. I wanted to hear from him personally about how he likes it. He told me good things about it and he really loves it up there."

Barrow will next visit USF and then Ohio State. He lists Clemson, Tennessee and Louisville as new schools who have recently began recruiting him.

Lewerke to be named All-American

Phoenix Pinnacle quarterback and Michigan State verbal commitment Brian Lewerke will be named a Semper Fidelis All-American prior to his game this Friday, and he will play in the All-American Bowl, which takes place in California on Jan. 4, 2015. Lewerke is coming off one of his best performances of the year, throwing four touchdowns and rushing for three in a 63-29 victory over North Canyon last week. On the year, he has passed for more than 1,300 yards and 17 touchdowns to just three interceptions.

Spartan news and notes

Oak Park senior running back John Kelly, a Michigan State target, will visit Minnesota this weekend. Kelly was reportedly down to the Gophers and Spartans, but some close to him this week said Michigan may be on the verge of offering and the Wolverines would enter the picture if that were to happen.

... Four-star quarterback Seth Green recently moved his announcement from Oct. 17 to Oct. 15. The Woodbury (Minnesota) East Ridge product has the Spartans in his final three along with Oregon and Minnesota. The Ducks are considered the front-runner.

... It was another good visit to Michigan State for Detroit King junior wide receiver Donnie Corley on Saturday. The Spartans continue to be the school many consider the leader for him, but Corley has not publicly named any favorites yet. He visits Notre Dame this weekend.

More information

Malik Barrow profile

Brian Lewerke profile

John Kelly profile

Allen Trieu began covering the state of Michigan for in 2005 and began managing the entire Midwest in 2009. He has been featured on the Big Ten Network on its annual Signing Day Show. His Michigan State recruiting column appears weekly at For more on MSU recruiting, visit